Maleny Arts Council inspiring winter season

MALENY Arts Council’s 2022 Winter Season showcases chamber music, theatre and jazz in three outstanding performances from June to August.

“MAC aims to inspire and entertain. Bringing people together for quality performances and to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere is an important part of what we do. We present shows which are relevant and uplifting,” MAC President, Peter Lavery said.

The first performance is ‘The Night Parrot’ at 7pm on June 17, and is presented in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival in collaboration with Queensland Music Festival. This show takes you on a magical journey as a century-long mystery comes to life in an intimate night of chamber music complemented by visually stunning video images. Inspired by the haunting call of the night parrot, thought to be extinct until 2013, this evocative program is performed by the acclaimed Acacia Quartet, soprano Morgan England-Jones supported by local vocal ensemble SIRIN. The main work, ‘The Night Parrot’, composed by Jessica Wells, is complemented by bird inspired works by Colin Brumby, Alfred Hill, John Spence, Alan Tregaskis, Sally Whitwell and Vaughan Williams. The evening starts with a Welcome to Country by Jinibara and Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners, Aunty Helena Gulash and Jason Murphy.

Prior to the performance, hear the intriguing story behind the work, in a discussion with Jessica Wells (Composer) and Craig Wilkinson (Video Designer). Ken Cross, Convenor, BirdLife Australia, Sunshine Coast joins the team to share the importance of the night parrot’s rediscovery.

The second show on July 12, described by the New York Times as “thrilling and engaging – universal, profound…”, is ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ adapted by Joan Didion from her celebrated memoir of the same name. It stars award-winning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance. This is a must-see production for fans of great drama.

“Jazz lovers have not been missed either,” Peter said. “Our third performance with Gregg Arthur and Band is an afternoon of classic saloon bar jazz featuring standards by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Cole Porter,” he said.